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6 Things No One Talks About Postpartum

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6 Things No One Talks About Postpartum
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Let’s cut right to the chase - Drs. Alicia and Sarah have compiled a list of 6 things no one tells you about postpartum! Tune in to learn more about what to expect from the unexpected (yet all perfectly normal)! And follow the links they reference below for more related resources, guides, and tips.

1. Postpartum Hair Loss

 At about three months postpartum, most people actually notice losing their hair. This is because during pregnancy, the hair has actually paused its normal growth and shedding cycling and it's just getting back to its typical pattern postpartum! Within about three to six months postpartum, your hair should go back to its normal cycle, but it can seem alarming as it may come out in clumps. But don’t worry - this is just hair you normally would have shed if the process wasn’t paused during pregnancy. Consider using a volumizing shampoo or getting a haircut that may make your hair appear fuller. 

Hair loss may also occur due to...

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Back Pain in Pregnancy

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Back Pain in Pregnancy
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In part two of our series with physiotherapist and pregnancy/postpartum pelvic health expert Krysta Norwick, Dr. Alicia discusses the very common issue of lower back pain in pregnancy. While it is highly likely to occur to most pregnant people at some point, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything to help reduce and/or treat the pain and symptoms! Join us as Krysta and Dr. Alicia discuss the reasons we get back pain in pregnancy and postpartum, symptoms to keep an eye on, and potential treatments!

Reasons for Back Pain

As we shared in previous episodes, shifts in hormonal balances impact our musculoskeletal system - our muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones! As a result, the way our body moves may shift to compensate for these changes causing us discomfort, much like in other times of hormonal change such as our teenage years or menopausal time. 

Sometimes it's a bit difficult to identify if you're experiencing lower back or pelvic pain as your lower back ends...

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Pelvic Pains of Pregnancy

If you're pregnant or postpartum, then you've more than likely experienced pelvic pain in some way, shape, or form.  

And one of the messages we want to get out there is that YES it's common but it's NOT necessarily normal!  

 

 

Dr. Sarah talks with Lauren from Core Connection physio about all things PRPGP.  They cover lots of important topics including: 

What are the common myths and misconceptions about PRPGP? Let's talk relaxin, "instability" and "separation".

They cover in detail what we know to contribute to PRPGP including pelvic floor and/or abdominal tension, poor coordination of muscles around pelvis and core (motor control), strategies to move that strain the muscles around the pelvis, and emotional distress and tension.
 
They talk about how a pelvic floor physio can help you with PRPGP and offer some helpful tips and tricks for PRPGP including: 
- SI belt - do or don't?
- How symmetry can help --> check out...
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